(ETH) – Officials are now warning that new lockdown measures will likely be coming in the near future as states such as Texas, Florida, and Arizona have been overwhelmed with new infections leaving new lockdowns of some sort to be inevitable, This comes as some cities are already considering a return to stringent stay-at-home orders of the type used in the spring according to a report from Yahoo.
The report is also warning that These new lockdowns could be devastating to the economy. According to the report, fear of the virus is less intense than in March, blanket lockdowns that were superfluous last time might curtail the economy now. In addition, psychological stress from prolonged isolation might be fueling social unrest.
Meanwhile, another report is indicating that a new coronavirus mutation has become the most dominant strain of the virus and is what is responsible for causing outbreaks to spread more quickly across the world, according to one an expert. One doctor named Scott Gottlieb recently told CNBC on Wednesday that the U.S. may have around 300,000 deaths from the coronavirus by year-end if current trends continue. This would more than double the current total infections.
“Right now we have close to 1,000 casualties a day; so if we don’t change that trajectory, you could do the math and see where we are towards the end of the year,” Gottlieb said on “Squawk Box.” Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser has also just issued an executive order Wednesday requiring residents to wear masks outside of the home as the city battles rising coronavirus cases.
“Basically what it says is, if you leave home, you should wear a mask,” Bowser said at a press conference. “This means, if you’re waiting for a bus, you must have on a mask. If you are ordering food at a restaurant, you must have on a mask. If you’re sitting in a cubicle in an open office, you must have on a mask.”.